When a good presentation helps everyone feel better

No matter what your role, no matter which organisation, every time you give a presentation you are a leader. And every time you lead through a presentation, you have the opportunity to create improvements that will benefit your colleagues and your key stakeholders, while contributing to your vision.

Health services in particular need to navigate change wisely, making sure that information, systems and processes continue to support staff and ultimately lead to the best care for patients. And collaboration needs clear communication to create successful engagement and good change.

That’s why the Organisational Development department at Alfred Health develops staff leadership skills. Alfred Health’s programs help staff build self-awareness and the ability to look beyond the everyday to envision the future and adapt to the organisation’s changing needs.

Alfred Health knows that developing staff’s presentation skills is a valuable investment. Education and Development Lead, Therese Christofas, says, “staff were reaching out to learn how to present in a way that is memorable so that people share the information and bring others on board.”

Alfred Health has engaged Luke Hockley several times to deliver a 75 minute interactive workshop to staff from across the organisation. The workshops teach people how to build a powerful presentation. The workshops provide a framework that anyone can use to prepare, build and present a clear story with a strong message.

Therese says that Luke, “puts participants at ease in a fun, warm and generous way that gives staff an alternative way of presenting.” Luke uses his own presentation of the workshop to reveal the construction of a good presentation. And participants are provided with information cards to help them reflect on and apply their new knowledge.

Since the workshops, Therese has noticed that staff members are more confident when they are presenting. This means that the information now flows better, which makes it easier for the audience to hear the message and know how to act.

In the end, informing and inspiring others to create improvements is the mark of a good presentation. And change for the good helps everyone feel better.

by Cressida Bradley

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